Word of the Day: Anticipate
an-tic-i-pate / an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt
- to expect or wait for excitedly
The trick to happiness wasn’t in freezing every momentary pleasure and clinging to each one, but in ensuring one’s life would produce many future moments to anticipate.
from ‘Oathbringer’ by Brandon Sanderson, 1975-
- to foresee
Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it.
- to do preemptively
Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.
- to answer or complete before a request is made
The greatest grace of a gift, perhaps, is that it anticipates and admits of no return.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882
- to counter before an action occurs
Ho Shih puts this very clearly in his note: “When the enemy has made a plan of attack against us, we must anticipate him by delivering our own attack first.”
from ‘The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan [1950-]’ by Sun Tzu, 540 BC-470 BC